Tuesday 22nd March 2022 – Mike Smith
Source: original article – Carlos López (Xàbia AL DÍA)
The General Directorate of Ports, in accordance with the Community Ports Law, is processing the renewal of the concession held by Restaurante Tangó on the Pope de Xàbia beach, requested by the owner of the premises in May 2020, an authorization that “predictably” will be renewed.
This is stated in a response to a letter regarding this premises located in the maritime-terrestrial public domain requested by Xàbia AL DIA through the transparency platform of the Generalitat (GVA Oberta) and that, after presenting it in September – in full controversy over the beach works – has finally been facilitated at the end of February.
In its letter, the general management reports that the owner of the business had an administrative concession from the Generalitat Valenciana for the operation of the bar-restaurant since April 5th 1995 and that “successive concessions [were granted] after each expiration”, the last one in November 2010 with a term of 5 years and extendable “tacitly” up to a maximum of ten years. In November 2020 that period ended.
The document continues, noting that in May 2020 the owner requested the renewal of the administrative concession by registering at the regional government, a time in which “there are no noteworthy incidents in the development of the activity”.
The renewal procedure “is underway” having been delayed – as acknowledged by the Generalitat itself – “due to the situation generated by the COVID-19 pandemic”, as well as due to the claims that have occurred in the procedure. Like any concession, an announcement was made in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat Valenciana, and to that announcement, published in February of last year, some groups made claims against it, specifically, Ecologistas en Acción environmental group.
The claims were answered by regional government technicians, which were counter-answered again by the environmental group. The government’s response was “received by the entity” on December 28th.
Conditions and terms.. according to the Law of Ports
Xàbia AL DÍA wanted to know the conditions of the concession and its length, however at this point the General Directorate of Ports refers to the Law of Ports “the length will take into account the information collected in the reports collected“, while the concessionaire pays for the use of the public domain, confirms “it will be determined by the area requested and granted, its type, and the activity carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Generalitat Ports Law”.
Regarding the generic conditions, Ports indicated that the final resolution “will include the set of particular conditions in which the concession is granted, comprising the following sections: length of concession, surface area, fees, deposits, revision of the fees, cleaning, environmental management system, and facilities maintenance”.
Having consulted the Law, the maximum length of the concession is 30 years while, with regards to the taxes, the business pays about 38.16 euros for each square metre of occupied surface, to which, in accordance with that law, an extra part must be added for the hospitality use.
The Generalitat indicated that the perimeter fencing of the premises has been authorized to provide greater security in the area and avoid the risk of falls given the state in which it is found, as well as that annually the concession holder presents “documentation accrediting the cleaning and collection actions of the septic tank and provides certificates from the authorized company”.
Thus, Bar-Restaurante Tango works like any other concession in the port of Xàbia (Cofradía de Pescadores, Club Náutico Jávea, Motonautica Doménech and Mundo Marino’s tourist trips) and will surely contribute to swell the coffers of the regional government and with that money to the investments that have been made in the last two years in the port, after years of historical abandonment by the Generalitat Valenciana itself…